Asked on May 1, 2017

How can I keep raccoons from digging up freshly planted flowers???

Helen Kotsopoulos ChristouSue Mobley ZamboPaula Curran


We live in the country and raccoons are becoming pests. Even flowers in pots on the porch are dug up at night. I've seen them in action! They never eat the plants...they just dig them out and leave a mess. Advice please!
9 answers
  • Karen Powell
    on May 1, 2017

    Chicken wire! I use it for everything...plant protectors and plant support. Look at the size you want to protect...if your plants are still seedlings, you just lay it over them. If bigger than that, just cut a circle out of it to snug your plant. For peonies, for instance, I cut out a place just large enough to protect dirt around it...then as they grow I gently lift the whole piece up to act as plant supports. Cheap, quick, effective and almost impossible for raccoons to dig through/around
  • Carol
    on May 3, 2017

    Hot Pepper Juice
  • Shirley Heikkinen
    on May 3, 2017

    Carol is right. The raccoons are likely after the bugs living on the soil and in the soil.
  • Claude
    on May 3, 2017

    If you use milkyspore spring and fall this year it will multiplying the soil and get rid of the grubs they are digging to snack food,,,no raccoons.
  • Jud7313517
    on May 6, 2017

    I had the same problem, I scattered a jar of hot peppers through the garden and had no more problems with raccoons or squirrels.
  • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
    on Jun 8, 2018

    Good luck ♥ We've had raccoon visitors during the night in my back yard several times over the years. They would catch the koi in my pond. Now it would be different if they would eat them, but they would just play with them and leave them all over the yard. I've tried animal control in our area, they said they wouldn't help us, but to get a Havahart trap, then release them at least 100 miles away because they travel that and more. An exterminator was way too expensive. Had a trap, tried, could never catch them...tried sardines, marshmallows, tuna, canned cat food and more. I devoured the web for info on how to get them to go. Tried criss crossing fishing line throughout the back yard, raccoon's didn't mind it, the dogs hated it. Lit the backyard up like a runway – didn't phase them, Human hair, human urine, could have cared less about either, Tried "The Scarecrow" motion detector that hooks to the hose and sprays when it senses motion. Raccoon's loved it,Dogs were scared of it and refused to go out during the day even when it was off. Tried coyote urine, didn't phase the coons one bit. Tried little red flashing lights around the perimeter of the yard, raccoon's didn't notice them. Summer came and they stopped coming. We had no birdseed out for the wild birds, no dog food out, nothing. They came back the following winter and brought friends. Tried everything again to no avail. Got up one morning and they were still here! They were usually gone by then. One of my dogs slipped....pushed by me as I was trying to shoo them away. She was a Great Dane....they took her down. Now I love all animals, but don't come to my place and mess with mine. My sons stayed up the following night, shot 2 of them. They haven't been back since. It was horrid, the screams my poor dog let out as they were biting her. Please be careful. I wouldn't attempt to even catch it, You have to pick up that wire cage after all!. They are fierce and will bite. Be careful please.

  • Paula Curran
    on Jul 23, 2018

    Debbie - my heart goes out to you. Years ago, my ex and I bought a house from a couple who had caged a raccoon in the back yard. It was gone by the time we took possession. Eventually, squirrels moved into the attic and while we were trying to find a solution, the raccoon family moved in and kicked out the squirrels. They tore up garbage around the neighbourhood. We finally live trapped a mother and three young ones. We used hammer prongs to pick up the cage....never put our fingers through. When we finally evicted them and replaced all the fascia they had destroyed, we had to replace all the insulation in the attic as it was soaked with urine and feces. People think raccoons have such cute little faces. I'm with you. I love animals and respect their right to live but when they encroach on and damage your property, well....they deserve what they get. So sorry your poor dog was injured trying to defend you and your property. Happy you got rid of them finally.
  • Sue Mobley Zambo
    on Jul 11, 2019

    I wish I knew!! They are worse this year than ever before. We’ve relocated eleven of them so far. They get on my deck and dig up al my beautiful potted flowers. Omg. It makes me so mad. Why do they dig up my potted flowers??? Every day I wake up to more destruction. I’m furious.

  • Helen Kotsopoulos Christou
    on Jul 30, 2019

    We've tried everything and last night they had a party on my deck, even moved the furniture!

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